Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles

Masters in Special Education
Option in Visual Impairments
Division of Special Education and Counseling

CSULA, Charter College of Education

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California State University, Los Angeles offers an Educational Specialist Credential in Visual Impairment and a MA degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Visual Impairment. The purpose of this program is to prepare teachers to work with infants, toddlers, children, and youth who are blind and visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities. Students in the programs in visual impairment at CSULA are prepared to teach in diverse urban society, and take courses that promote educational equity, collaboration, reflective practice, while maintaining mastery of the body of knowledge for the specific discipline of interest.

As graduates of Masters in MA degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Visual Impairment, one may find work as itinerant teachers, resource room teacher, designated support providers, and special classroom teachers, or as teachers at specialized schools for visually impaired children and youth. They may also serve as consultants and support professionals such as public school teachers in elementary, middle, or high schools.
Program Outcomes
Credential candidates learn to teach academic and functional skills, including reading and writing braille. Students learn instructional strategies and methods for adapting materials for learners who are visually impaired. They also develop skills to assess functional vision and determine learning media. Emphasis placed on preparing candidates to provided instruction in independent living skills, low vision efficiency, use of assistive technology, leisure/recreation skills, vocation/transition and social skills.

Program Faculty:
As a part of the Option in Visual Impairment, students receive individual advisement and instruction from expert faculty members who combine extensive classroom-teaching experience, research, and pre-service and in-service teacher development in the area of Visual Impairment. For more information regarding Educational Specialist Credential in Visual Impairment or MA option in Visual Impairment, contact any of the program coordinators below:

Dr. Cheryl Kamei-Hannan
[email protected]


Application to the Program
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Program Description
Click on the PDF IconProgram Plan to learn what types of classes you’ll be taking as part of the Educational Specialist Credential in Visual Impairment

Scholarship Information
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